Minnesota Vikings visitor analysis: G Darrell Greene

The Vikings continue to look for ways to add depth and competition to the offensive line, and their visit with guard prospect Darrell Greene could have been set to answer some questions.

Every year before the NFL draft, teams are allowed to bring in 30 players for visits. These visits are often used as a time for teams to bring in players so they can answer any final questions they have about them before the draft.

One of the players the Minnesota Vikings brought in was San Diego State offensive guard Darrell Greene.

Greene was suspended for the six games at the start of last season after testing positive for marijuana. The Vikings likely had him in for a visit in order to gauge if that would be a recurring problem for him or if it was just a one-time mistake.

The team’s front office has been known to give second chances to players, so it could deem it one-time mistake it is still possible they would decide to draft him. After all, he seems to be one of the more talented offensive guards in this draft and if he falls because of that one incident then the Vikings could be getting a steal in a later round.

Vikings’ needs: The Vikings have done a lot of work on their offensive line this offseason by bringing in free agents. Offensive guard Alex Boone was a big signing for them and they are hoping that Brandon Fusco can bounce back by moving him back to the right side of the line.

Adding a player like Greene would provide them with a safety net in case Fusco is not able to get back to the player he once was and it also provides them with competition and young depth. Head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman said they want to create competition across the offensive line and adding Greene would do just that.

Measurables: Greene comes in at 6-foot-3, 321 pounds. He received an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this offseason and recorded times of 5.20 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 4.98 seconds in the 20-yard short shuttle and 8.07 seconds in the three-cone drill. He also recorded 28 reps of the 225-pound bench press and an 8-foot-2 broad jump.

The offensive lineman then attempted the vertical jump at his pro day where he recorded a height of 22½ inches and also re-did the broad jump, posting a distance of 8-foot-3.

Analysis: Greene just looks the part of an NFL guard and he has the power to match. He would consistently blow up defenders in his way. He works with a great punch off the snap of the ball and then has the leg power to finish the blocks.

Combination blocks have seemed to be an area of struggle for the Vikings’ offensive line the past couple of seasons, but Greene has shown a good understanding of how they need to work. He also has the athleticism to be a pulling guard at the next level if need be.

The biggest knock against Greene is his failed drug test. He also needs to work on his pass protections, as he would get fooled by stunts too often, which led to him lunging out of position.

Greene is a stereotypical right guard in that he is powerful and plays with a mean streak. He would provide the Vikings with depth early in his career, if they select him, and then might push for a starting spot in a year or two. 

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